Connecticut Couple Let Starbucks Customers Name Their Baby — Could You?

Photo: New Haven Register Photo: New Haven Register

Would you ever let Starbucks name your baby? These first-time parents did!

Jennifer James and Mark Dixon of West Haven, Connecticut, had apparently been struggling to between two baby names that they loved for the baby boy they’re expecting in September. Even before the voting began, Jennifer was pulling for Logan. “I don’t know why I didn’t realize the ‘Jackson Dixon thing’, but I think once I realized that, he was going to be Logan no matter what,” she said. The parents-to-be told their local paper, the New Haven Register, that when they couldn’t decide amongst themselves, they put the name up to a vote — at Starbucks.

Jennifer and her husband placed signs at the local coffee chain in their town (where they’re regulars) and asked people to vote for which name they liked best: Jackson or Logan. Asked where they got the inspiration for the voting system, they said that the took a cue from the Starbucks crew, who cast votes every month to determine the store’s Employee of the Month. Mark said, “We saw it that and thought we might as well see how it works.”

After collecting more than 1,800 votes, the couple told the paper that the voters didn’t limit themselves to just the two choices they were given — they even gave their own suggestions! Mom-to-be Jennifer said, “We’ve gotten Obama, Jebediah, Lincoln. Someone put a write-in, Webster.” But despite all the suggestions, most of the voters agreed with Jennifer.

They favored ‘Logan’ for their little guy’s first name — and gave mom and dad a sweet surprise of their own. Despite losing out to ‘Logan’, ‘Jackson’ will serve as baby’s middle name, making his whole moniker: Logan Jackson Dixon. To be honest, I absolutely love it. I see what Jennifer meant by the whole ‘Jackson Dixon’ thing, but I think using Logan as baby’s first name makes it sound modern and cool, with only a touch of historical relevance.

Would you ever let strangers name your baby?

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